2012 Volkswagen GLI Values

Select a 2012 Volkswagen GLI trim level

2012 model year changes

After a 2-year hiatus, the GLI returns as the sportiest trim level in the Jetta lineup. This all-new model features a sophisticated multi-link independent rear suspension system, a 200-hp turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. Inside, the GLI features sport seats and a flat-bottomed steering wheel, both of which set it apart from other Jetta models.

Competitive comparison

High-end options and feel in a small package, powerful engine, superb handling

Special features for 2012

The GLI has always stood for inexpensive performance, and after several years' hiatus, the model returns for 2012, aimed squarely at buyers looking for a peppy yet still affordable sports sedan. It's reasonably competitive in a generally crowded segment, going up against cars like the Subaru WRX and Honda Civic Si. But at just $24,000, it's the cheapest European sports sedan on the market, and that gives it great bang for the buck.

Jetta-4 Cyl.

Sedan 4D GLI
Utilizing the Jetta redesign, the 2012 Volkswagen GLI is a FWD performance compact sedan with seating for five. The GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions consists of a base 6-speed manual transmission and a 6-speed DSG® automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 22 mpg city to 33 mpg highway. A 4-corner independent suspension enables the GLI to handle light and grip corners. Features include bi-xenon headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, multi-function steering wheel, keyless access with push button start, leather seats, navigation system, touch-screen stereo and hands-free phone capability. Safety is comprised electronic stability control, advanced airbags, anti-slip regulation, electronic brake distribution, electronic differential lock, anti-lock braking system and hydraulic brake assist. The GLI is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty.